John Cornforth lectures
N honour of the foremost authority on the English country house and former Architectural Editor of COUNTRY LIFE—HE wrote more than 800 articles for the magazine—the dates for the 2017 John Cornforth Memorial Lectures have been announced.
The theme is the country house and its estates seen through the eyes of the private owner and proceeds from next year’s lectures will go to the National Trust, for the repair and restoration of Chippendale furniture at Nostell Priory ahead of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Chippendale in 2018.
The lectures, which will take place at Christie’s King Street, London SW1, are as follows: Miranda Seymour on Thrumpton Hall, Nottinghamshire, Thursday, January 12; Sir Nicholas Bacon on Raveningham Hall, Norfolk, Monday, March 13; and The Duke of Northumberland on Alnwick Castle, Monday, March 27.
Tickets cost £40, 6.30pm for 7pm. To book, contact Emma Tersigni on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020– 7389 2145.
A collection of the country’s leading craftsmen, members of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, have created a 6ft-tall swan. The iron sculpture was paraded at the City of London Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday and will be sold in aid of Treloar’s School and College for disabled young people. Visit www.blacksmithcompany.org to place a bid